Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is staging the first museum-exhibition in 14 years by anonymous English graffiti artist Banksy. Based on early card stencils that have since been hidden, Cut and Run includes some of his most famous works, dating back to 1998.
The artist has said, ‘I’ve kept these stencils hidden away for years, mindful they could be used as evidence in a charge of criminal damage. But that moment seems to have passed, so now I’m exhibiting them in a gallery as works of art. I’m not sure which is the greater crime’.
He has also said that he chose Glasgow for this exhibition because he likes the statue of the Duke of Wellington outside GoMA, which permanently sports a traffic cone on its head.
The exhibition has unusual opening hours – open til 5am on weekends – and little in the way of advance information. Admission is only by ticket, although on-the-day ‘walk-up’ tickets are available daily from 9am at GoMA. The organisers advise ‘at weekends we are open all night but please be aware the show contains tight spaces, fragile items and disorientating light effects, if you show up appearing to be very intoxicated you may be refused entry’.
Note that no photography is permitted in the show, as it features ‘restricted environments that require you to stay in the moment and keep moving. You will be asked to put your phone in a lockable pouch for the duration.’ Complimentary souvenir Polaroids (instant photo’s) taken by a member of staff are available on request.
Note also there is no cloak room, but the exhibition is wheelchair-accessible.
With thanks to Susan Mansfield for her assistance.